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January 11, 2012

Empire State College Hosts Saratoga Reads! Event Jan. 22

Empire State College to Host Saratoga Reads Event

Empire State College will host an “Introduction to the Saratoga Reads Winning Book” event on Sunday, January 22 from 1:30 to 4:30 at the Center for Distance Learning, 113 West Ave. The book selected this year is the “Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” by award-winning journalist Rebecca Skloot, which describes how the cells derived from a poor cancer-stricken black woman in the 1950s, who sought treatment at Johns Hopkins Medical Center, were used for 60 years in research (without her prior consent) that produced numerous medical breakthroughs. Yet, according to the description on the Saratoga Reads website, “Henrietta Lacks has remained virtually unknown. The book is not only a biography of Lacks and her family, many of whom live in poverty, but also a revealing account of medical research and related ethical questions.”

 The event will feature a viewing of the 1997 movie, “Miss Evers Boys,” which follows the story of the U.S. Government’s 1932 Tuskegee Syphilis Experiments as told through the eyes of Miss Evers, a nurse involved with the study.

 Opening remarks and a discussion following the film will be facilitated by the following interdisciplinary faculty from the Center for Distance Learning:

  • Oto Jones Ph.D, – mentor and  academic area coordinator  for economics and management;
  • Joanne Levine DSW, MPH – mentor  and academic area coordinator for human services; 
  • Teresa  A. Smith MS – RN assistant professor of nursing
  • Kim Stote Ph.D, MPH, RD – mentor and academic area Coordinator for  health services

Please contact Joanne Levine at Joanne.Levine@esc.edu for additional information.

 The film viewing will be followed by a guided discussion led by Empire State College faculty and professionals. Light refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to the public.

Media Contact

David M. Henahan, Director of Communications
518-587-2100, ext. 2918

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